Agenda and minutes

County Council Local Committee for South Lakeland
Wednesday, 31st January, 2018 10.00 am

Venue: County Offices, Kendal

Contact: Holly English  Email: holly.english@cumbria.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

53.

Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Mr I Stewart, Mr P Thornton, Mr G Archibald and Mr J Brook.

 

54.

Public Participation

(1)   There are no public questions, deputations or petitions relating to any items on the agenda.

Minutes:

There were no public questions, statements or petitions to be considered at this meeting.

 

55.

Exclusion of Press and Public

To consider whether the press and public should be excluded from the meeting during consideration of any items on the agenda.

Minutes:

RESOLVED,            that the press and public not be excluded from the meeting for any items of business on this occasion.

 

56.

Disclosures of Interest

Members are invited to disclose any disclosable pecuniary interest they have in any item on the agenda which comprises

 

1          Details of any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for            profit or gain.

 

2          Details of any payment or provision of any other financial benefit (other than from the authority) made or provided within the relevant period in respect of any expenses incurred by you in carrying out duties as a member, or towards your election expenses.  (This includes any payment or financial benefit from a trade union within the meaning of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.

 

3          Details of any contract which is made between you (or a body in which you have a beneficial interest) and the authority

 

(a)       Under which goods or services are to be provided or works are to be executed; and

 

            (b)       Which has not been fully discharged.

 

4          Details of any beneficial interest in land which is within the area of the authority. 

 

5          Details of any licence (alone or jointly with others) to occupy land in the area of the authority for a month or longer. 

 

6          Details of any tenancy where (to your knowledge)

 

            (a)       The landlord is the authority; and

 

            (b)       The tenant is a body in which you have a beneficial                                                         interest.

 

7          Details of any beneficial interest in securities of a body where

 

(a)       That body (to your knowledge) has a place of business or land in the    area of the authority; and

 

 

(b)       Either –

 

(i)      The total nominal value of the securities exceeds £25,000 or one            hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body; or

 

(ii)     If that share capital of that body is of more than one class, the total nominal value of the shares of any one class in which the relevant person has a beneficial interest exceeds one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that class.

In addition, you must also disclose other non-pecuniary interests set out in the Code of Conduct where these have not already been registered.

 

Note

 

A “disclosable pecuniary interest” is an interest of a councillor or their partner (which means spouse or civil partner, a person with whom they are living as husband or wife, or a person with whom they are living as if they are civil partners).

Minutes:

There were no disclosable pecuniary interests declared at the meeting.

 

57.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 98 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Local Committee held on 30 November 2017 (copy enclosed).

 

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting of the Local Committee held on 30 November 2017 were confirmed as circulated and thereupon signed by the Chair.

 

58.

Communities Activities and Budget pdf icon PDF 218 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All South Lakeland]

 

To consider a report by the Corporate Director- Health, Care and Community Services (copy enclosed).

 

This report provides information and offers recommendations to the Local Committee for approval from meeting of the Children and Young Peoples Working Group held on 12 December 2017. It also updates the Local Committee on previously agreed activity supported with the latest financial statement.

 

 

Minutes:

The Committee received a report from the Corporate Director- Health, Care and Community Services which provided information and offered recommendations for approval from the Children and Young People’s Working Group held on 12 December 2017.

 

The report also provided Local Committee with an update on previously agreed activity supported with the latest financial statement.

 

RESOLVED,            that Local Committee

 

(1)   note the budget update for 2017-18 including the commitments and expenditure to end of December 2017;

 

(2)   agree to commit £8,000 from the Waste Prevention Budget to Great Green Systems to further support the reduction in household food waste;

 

Children and Young People’s Working Group

 

(3)   note the work of the Children and Young People’s Working Group as set out in at Appendix C to the report;

 

(4)   agree to allocate a sum of £2,000 from the 0-19 Universal Services budget towards the i-Matter project to directly support families in need and also develop skills and ongoing capacity in the Settlebeck and Old Hutton Schools;

 

(5)   agree to allocate a sum of £600 from the 0-19 Universal Services budget to enable young people from schools in and around Ulverston to attend emotional wellbeing sessions hosted at Ulverston Victoria High School; and

 

(6)   agree to allocate a sum of £115 from the reducing balance earmarked for ‘Support to Voluntary Youth Groups’ in the 0-19 Universal Services budget towards the work of the Kent Estuary Youth Group.

 

59.

Highways Devolved Revenue and Capital Update Report pdf icon PDF 91 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All South Lakeland]

 

To consider a report by the Corporate Director – Economy and Highways (copy enclosed).

 

This report provides details of the Local Committee’s Highways Revenue and Capital and Non-Devolved Capital Budgets.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report by the Corporate Director – Economy and Highways which presented the Highways Revenue and Devolved Capital and Non-Devolved Capital Budget finance reports and updated members as to current progress on these budget lines as detailed in the appendices attached to the report.

 

The Highways Revenue Budget was showing, at the end of November 2017, expenditure for the year to date of £824,235 against a reduced budget of £1,077,822 due to the brought forward overspend from 2016/17. At the time of the meeting, the forecast was showing a reduced overspend of £79,902 largely due to the impact of the brought forward overspend of £74,190. The service would work to reduce the overspend further through directing activity in the most appropriate manner to reduce the overspend in 2017/18.

 

The Highways Devolved Capital Budget was showing, at the end of November 2017, expenditure for the year to date of £3,892,657 against a reduced total Devolved Capital Budget of £4,729,000. At the time of the meeting, overspend of £414,837 was forecast against this budget, largely due to the impact of the brought forward overspend. It was anticipated that £400,000 of this forecast overspend would be transferred to IRP, due to the increase in minor drainage activity during 2016/17 attributable to Storm Desmond.

 

The Highways Non-Devolved Capital Budget was showing, at the end of November 2017, expenditure for the year to date of £1,832,338 against an annual budget of £2,608,445. At the time of the meeting, underspend of £16,531 was forecast against this budget which was being managed centrally.

 

RESOLVED,            that Local Committee note the revenue and capital budget allocations for 2017/18 and the commitments and expenditure recorded to the end of November 2017 and shown in the appendices attached to the report.

 

60.

Highways and Transportation Working Group pdf icon PDF 113 KB

To consider a report by the Corporate Director – Economy and Highways (copy enclosed).

 

This report presents the minutes of the meeting of the Highways and Transportation Working Group held on 30 November 2017 and 10 January 2018 and brings forward recommendations for consideration by the Local Committee.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Local Committee considered a report from the Corporate Director – Economy and Highways which provided the notes of the meetings of the Highways and Transportation Working Group held on 13 December 2017 and the special meeting held on 10 January 2018. The report also included recommendations for consideration by the Local Committee.

 

The Chair of the Highways and Transportation Working Group presented the minutes and explained that a special meeting had taken place to consider the outcomes of the Wildman Street Trial. The Chair informed that the Special Meeting was productive and the Working Group looked in detail at the major project. It was suggested that similar meetings could be held in future if a major project was to be considered.

 

The Committee were advised that the Highways and Transportation Working Group would consider footbridges affected by Storm Desmond at the next meeting. Members were advised to raise any footbridges they wished the Working Group to look at.

 

A Member asked for reassurance that weed spraying arrangements would be in place for April 2018. The Highways Network Manager informed that procurement teams were working on contracts and arrangements would be in place for April.

 

RESOLVED,             that Local Committee note:-

 

(1)          The minutes of the Highways and Transportation Working Group meeting of 13 December 2017 and

 

(2)          The minutes of the Special Working Group meeting on 10 January 2018.

 

61.

Appointment of County Council Governors pdf icon PDF 44 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All South Lakeland]

 

To consider a schedule by the Corporate Director – Health, Care and Community Services (copy enclosed).

 

This report seeks approval of nominated County Council Governors of Nursery, Primary and Secondary Schools.

Minutes:

The Committee was presented with a report from the Corporate Director – Health, Care and Community Services which sought approval of nominated County Council Governors of Nursery, Primary and Secondary Schools.

 

An additional three nominations had been put forward since the report was published.

 

RESOLVED,            that subject to their consent the following be nominated to the governing body of the following nursery, primary and secondary schools:-

 

School

Nomination

Goodly Dale CE Primary School, Windermere

Mr R Dawson

Langdale CE School

Mr A Idle

Leven Valley CE Primary School

Mr S Lawler

 

62.

Speed Limits Consolidation Order pdf icon PDF 119 KB

[Electoral Division(s): Kendal Nether; Kendal Strickland and Fell, Lakes and Lower Kentdale]

 

To consider a report by the Corporate Director – Economy and Highways (copy enclosed).

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee were guided through a report from the Corporate Director – Economy and Highways which set out the consultation responses following the statutory consultation and advertising of a Speed Limit Order for various locations in the South Lakeland area.

 

The Order consolidated the existing speed limits in the South Lakeland Area, and proposed the introduction of speed limits on the A591 North of Grasmere, A6 Shap Road, A65 Endmoor and A5284 Windermere Road as summarised in the notice which was appended to the report.

 

It was explained that the summary at 1.2 in the report was incorrect and should have read: A591 North of Grasmere, A6 Shap Road, A65 Endmoor and A5284 Windermere Road

 

RESOLVED,            that the Local Committee bring into operation “The County of Cumbria (Various Roads in the District of South Lakeland) (Consolidation and Provision of Speed Limits) Order 20><” in its entirety, having taken into consideration the matters contained in Section 122(2) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, which was referred to at paragraph 7.2 of the report.

 

63.

Members Highway Priority Works 2017/2018 pdf icon PDF 105 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All South Lakeland]

 

To consider a report by the Corporate Director – Economy and Highways (copy enclosed).

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee was presented with a report by the Corporate Director – Economy and Highways which updated on the Members Highways Priority Works schemes to be funded via the devolved 2017/2018 highway capital budgets for South Lakeland. An allocation of £108,000 was made allowing for £6,000 per division.

 

Local Committee were asked to approve Appendix 1 as the updated scheme of works for 2017/18.

 

Members were asked to note that as schemes are being approved in January, effective programming and delivery of schemes for 2017/2018 was not possible especially for those to be newly approved. Early identification and discussion with Officers is essential to aid delivery. Schemes suggested after the September Local Committee may not be delivered during this financial year. This has been included in previous reports regarding Members Highway Priority Works. Any unallocated funding from 2017/2018 were very likely not to be carried over at the end of this financial year due to overspends.

 

RESOLVED,             that Local Committee

 

(1)  Approve the current Members Highways Priorities Works Programme 2017/2018 as set out in Appendix 1, noting the additional entries for the following divisions; Kendal Castle, Lower Kentdale, Lyth Valley and Upper Kent;

 

(2)  Agree that the following schemes which include Traffic Regulation Orders are approved to be progressed to statutory consultation and advertising in due course;

 

-       Kendal Nether – waiting restrictions for Shap Road and Appleby Road, Kendal (note this has been delayed due to displaces households following flooding)

 

-       Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale – waiting restrictions for Binfold Croft, Horse Market and Lunefield Drive, Kirkby Lonsdale

 

-       Kendal Highgate – waiting restrictions for Hazelwood/ Underwood Junction, Greenside, Romney Road and various junctions off Romney Road.

 

64.

Children's Champion pdf icon PDF 4 MB

To consider an update by the Children’s Champion, including a discussion on fostering recruitment.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee were presented with a short film titled “Listen To Me” that had been previously shared with the Corporate Parenting Board. The film portrayed key messages from young people in care as to what they want from Corporate Parents.

 

The Local Committee Children’s Champion, Cllr S Evans, encouraged Members to read the recently published Ofsted report in full to understand the significant improvements since the last Ofsted inspection. It was explained that the outcome was positive however there were still improvements to be made for the authority to be considered ‘good’. Inspectors had praised the authority’s effective information sharing with partners. It was advocated that the Corporate Parenting Board had reviewed the report in detail and picked out key areas they would like to improve going forward, an example being to re-write the children’s strategy.

 

A discussion took place regarding the need to recruit new foster carers in the County. Cllr Evans encouraged all Members to spread the word of foster caring and speak to local businesses to become foster-friendly employers.

 

65.

Community Development and Public Health Activity Update pdf icon PDF 554 KB

[Electoral Divisions: All South Lakeland]

 

To consider a report by the Corporate Director – Health, Care and Community Services (copy enclosed).

 

This report details the Public Health Activity undertaken by the South Lakeland Area Support Team and Locality Public Health Manager.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report from the Corporate Director – Health, Care and Community Services which drew attention to key Community Development, Waste Reduction and Public Health Activity undertaken by South Lakeland Area Support Team, Waste Reduction Officer and Locality Public Health Manager.

 

The report gave particular attention to activity being undertaken that sought to promote Emotional Resilience and Positive Mental Wellbeing.

 

RESOLVED,             that the content of the report be noted.

 

66.

Local Committee Chairs and Leadership pdf icon PDF 96 KB

To receive the minutes of the meeting of the Local Committee Chairs and Leadership held on 10 November 2017 (copy enclosed).

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED,            that the minutes of a meeting of the Local Committee Chairs and Leadership held on 10 November 2017 be received.

 

67.

Partner Organisations

68.

Outside Bodies

To receive feedback from members on the outside bodies that they serve, and from the Local Member Champions.